CEDIA has finalized the format and presenters for the first CEDIA Business Xchange, set to take place at the Hilton NASA in Houston, April 29-May 1, 2015. The event will center around two half-day workshops and “unconference”sessions.
“The Business Xchange is not about sitting and listening to a presenter and seeing a few sales demonstrations it’s about walking away with the resources to keep your business successful,” said Larry Pexton, CEDIA Chairman & Business Xchange Task Force Member. “We’ve been intentional in the format so anyone in the home technology industry can learn and work on their business with experts, facilitators, and peers.”
One of the new concepts that will be rolled out at Business Xchange is the “unconference,” sessions that provide a time for attendees to drive the discussion on hot button issues that are important to their business. Five rooms will host different discussions and attendees are encouraged to bring their specific questions, challenges, and solutions to the appropriate room. Facilitators and experienced professionals will be available to provide insight and help as needed.
“I regularly turn to my colleagues for business advice and guidance. These relationships have been so critical to my success, yet the opportunities to network and meet new people in the industry are limited. That is why we created the Business Xchange with a huge focus on the peer-to-peer aspect,” said Patrick Harman, A/V Operations Manager for Diversified Systems International & Co-Chair of the Business Xchange Task Force.
In addition to the business discussions in the unconference sessions, attendees will get to take deep dives into business concepts used by Fortune 500 companies. Two interactive half-day workshops have been developed to apply these concepts to small businesses.
The Advantage Workshop facilitated by Michael Lorsch and Kristine Kern of the Table Group will focus on organizational health and the four steps to getting healthy including building and maintaining a cohesive leadership team and creating organizational clarity.
The Trusted Advisor Workshop facilitated by David Chow of Trusted Advisor Associates will explore the impact that trust has on your bottom line. The workshop will provide a framework for evaluating trust and tools to improve your trustworthiness with customers.
Registration for the Business Xchange will open on February 11. Visit cedia.net/businessxchange to learn more.